COVID-19 just fired CSU Rams football again.
CSU’s program is going on a coronavirus-related hiatus and the Air Force rivalry has been canceled, university president Joyce McConnell announced Wednesday afternoon.
The Rams (1-2) would play at the Academy on Thanksgiving Day against the Falcons (2-2). CSU soccer coach Steve Addazio said earlier this week that the team planned to leave Wednesday and stay overnight in greater Colorado Springs rather than travel the morning of the game.
At least seven CSU players have been tested positive for COVID-19 from early Wednesday afternoon, the university announced. Two employees also tested positive. The university has found nine soccer players identified as ‘close contacts of those positive individuals’.
All CSU football activities have been suspended until “current investigation can be completed” and the team and staff will be retested later this week.
“Our greatest responsibility is the health of our students – including student athletes – faculty, staff and the wider community of Fort Collins, Larimer County and Colorado,” McConnell said via a university press release. “While we understand that players, staff and fans may be disappointed, it is not responsible to continue a match under these circumstances and we must all do what we can to protect each other.”
Larimer County moved to COVID-19 Level Red precautions on Tuesday. It is the third cancellation of CSU football this fall and the second in three games. The Rams’ season opener against New Mexico and a November 21 home date with UNLV were also canceled due to positive coronavirus.